I know it is not New Years yet, but dammit, it’s close enough, and I can definitively say this year has been an interesting ride. We should all take a moment to look back at the year and view our ups and downs as impartially as possible. Remember, you can’t just have ups all the time.
For me, a theme of this year was getting financially ordered, at least more ordered than previously. Since graduating from University back in 2014, I have been through a whirl-wind of financial situations. I came out of college with nearly $40,000 of student and car loans, after quitting my first corporate job, starting my side business, and jumping into business with my dad, the financial situation seemed to get worse. This is how I learned about the importance of cash-flow, because when the cash ain’t flowing, the credit cards start pushing some extra weight. However, since making some major changes to my business and life, which included extensive downsizing, things are much more manageable, and I’ve nearly paid off my debts.
This year I also took my Chinese speaking abilities to a significantly higher level than last year. And regardless of it’s immediate utility, I continue to be addicted to learning and improving my Mandarin Chinese, so I can say I am proud of where I am, though I would like to see more progress.
My Latin dancing abilities also saw a drastic increase this year, though I am at plateau currently. I am still very thankful for the people who introduced me to the various levels of the Latin Dance scene throughout Houston.
Lastly, a very unexpected development was my decision to move to Taiwan for a bit. After having a fantastic trip there in September, I felt an intense feeling pulling me there, so I made a huge decision, and will be flying back to Taiwan next week for at least 6 months.
In addition to the changes and improvements in my life and hopefully others, I must take some time to thank God for the health of my living family members, and especially my father. I don’t know where I’d be without them.